Hoppers Baseball: The largest crowd of the season at 564 saw the Fulton Railroaders hit four home runs and have seven extra base hits total in a 15-4 rout of the Hoptown Hoppers.
Fulton scored 11 of its runs in the 3rd thru the 6th inning and added four more in the 9th. Hoptown got two runs in the 3rd and 2 in the 9th innings. Jake Bell took the pitching loss for the Hoppers. Bell is now 2-1 on the season. Fulton pitchers held the Hoppers to just five hits in the game. Matt McGowan, Trevor Lowe, Brad Sevenish, John Beary and Ryne Long all had hits for the Hoppers.
The Hoppers have now won 6 of their last 7 games, 10 of the last 12 in falling to 15-7, while Fulton has won 7 games in a row in improving to 12-10 on the season.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: Dubois County and Marion split a doubleheader, with the Bombers winning the first game 10-6, while the Bobcats snapped an eight game losing streak in winning the nightcap 4-3. Madisonville shut out Owensboro 6-0.
Hoptown still maintains the league lead at 15-7, with Owensboro and Fulton tied for 2nd place. The Oilers are 11-9 with the Railroaders at 12-10, both 3 games behind the Hoppers. Dubois County and Madisonville are both 11-11, 4 games back and Marion is 5-17.
Tonight’s OVL games have Hoptown at Fulton, Owensboro at Madisonville and Marion at Dubois County.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods took the series finale at South Bend last night 4-2. The Hot Rods open a three game series at West Michigan this evening.
The Nashville Sounds lost a pair of games to Oklahoma City Friday night 5-1 and 6-3. The Sounds and Redhawks play again this evening at Nashville’s Greer Stadium.
Major League Baseball: The Cincinnati Reds fell in the first of a three game interleague series at the Texas Rangers 4-0. The teams play again this evening, with air time at 5:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville High School is searching for a new baseball coach. WHOP Sports learned Friday afternoon Jeff Gillespie resigned the position after two seasons, going 32-32. The Tigers were 17-15 this season, winning 13 of its last 16 games, after starting the season 2-14.
Hopkinsville finished as the runner up in the 8th district tournament and lost in the opening round of the 2nd region tournament. A search committee is being formed to hire a new coach.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Louisville landed two more recruits for the 2014 class Friday. Marion, Ohio running back LJ Scott and athlete Cameron Polk of Fishers, Indiana became the fifth and sixth commitments for Coach Charlie Strong this week. Louisville now has 20 commitments for the 2014 class.
The Tennessean reports four Vanderbilt players have been suspended amid a sex crimes investigation. Nashville Metro police and the school both confirmed the story. However, names of the four players had not been released as of late last night, nor had any details about the incident been released as the investigation is continuing.
NFL: Jack Harbaugh was on hand Friday night as he along with sons Jim and John were presented with the Blanton Collier Integrity Award by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in Louisville. The former Western Kentucky coach says the family was honored and humbled to receive the award. Also inducted were former players Irv Goode, Coy Bacon, Chad Bratzke, Otis Wilson, Roman Oben and George McAfee.
Investigators are working to build their murder case against former New England Patriots tight end AaronHernandez. A judge cited the strong evidence against Hernandez when she denied him bail for a second time Thursday. Prosecutors say ballistics evidence ties Hernandez to the crime.
Meanwhile, a third suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the the execution-style killing of Odin Lloyd near Hernandez's Boston-area home last week. Another man is being held on a firearms charge in the case.
Golf: Hopkinsville’s Austin Knight played in the Boys 13-15 championship Friday as the Go Junior Golf Series played at Ben Hawes State Park. Knight fired an 80 to finish third in the event, won by Madisonville’s Trevis Bell with a 74.
Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker fired an even par 71 to remain at two under par and tied for 14th after two rounds of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Washington, DC. First round leader Roberto Castro fired a two under par 69 Friday and is tied for the lead with Jordan Spieth at seven under par.
Play was suspended in the third major of the season for the Champions Tour, the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. Fred Couples is the on course leader at 11 under par through 11 holes of his 2nd round, with first round leader John Huston two shots back at nine under par through 15 holes.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran was five under through 13 holes of his second round, while Franklin’s Kenny Perry was at two under par through 12 holes. The second round will be completed this morning, with third round play later in the day.